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New ‘Tell Me A Story’ Cards Hit QK Shelves

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Tell Me A Story Cards Hit QK Shelves

At last! Our new ‘Tell Me A Story” cards are back and better than ever. For those who have never experienced the joy of this popular resource in the past, the ‘Tell Me a Story’ cards are a useful tool for parents and professionals working with young people to facilitate communication, highlight strengths and to reinforce a sense of pride.

To date, the TMAS cards have been tried and tested by over 1200 people worldwide. Developed in the clinical setting for over 10 years, these cards have been gracefully illustrated to engage and invite both children and adults to recall and retell their own memorable moments of extremity, such as ‘Luckiest!’ ‘Loneliest!’ and ‘Bravest!’

The topics of these cards have been chosen for their ability to engage listeners of all ages. The TMAS cards are a useful tool for parents and professionals working with young people to facilitate communication, highlight strengths, give praise and boost self-esteem.

The new edition of these cards features a fresh new box for safe keeping and extra special printing touches throughout.

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iAccelerate Pitch Grand Final

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The grand final of the fifth annual iAccelerate Pitch

Our very own Kimberley O’Brien and Leonardo Rocker will shortly be stepping on stage to work their magic for the grand final of the fifth annual iAccelerate Pitch, where entrepreneurs get a chance to polish and pitch their business idea to a panel of experts.

Quirky Kid is one of the startups that were selected for the Pitch event, based on the strength of our business idea and growth potential. The other finalists include: Digital Homebrew, GeoInteractive, Health Ready, ScrubUp, Stabilco

Along with the other finalists, we have had our pitch whipped into shape with formal training from a professional pitch trainer, ongoing feedback and ultimately from the panel of experts that will sit on the judging panel at the final. We are hoping to be chosen for any of the awards up for grabs which include; Panel Winner, Panel Runner Up, Audience Winner, Audience Runner Up and Most Improved Pitch.

The presentations start at 3:00 today at the iAccelerate building.

Wish us luck everyone!

  • Quirky Kid took the panel runner-up – Check out some great images here: http://www.iaccelerate.com.au/events/gallery/719-iaccelerate-pitch-grand-final-2016-album.html
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A New Face for the ‘Face It!’ Cards

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New 'Face It' Cards - A social and Emotional Communication Tool.

At long last! Our new and improved Face It! Cards have arrived at QK headquarters ready to inspire and delight children and adults once again. We felt it was time to refresh the look of these much loved hand-drawn expression cards designed to engage young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds as well as those on the Autism spectrum or with other special needs.

The new edition features a fresh, crisp new box for storage and transport and special printing embellishments throughout. We love it.

These cards have been widely used across Australia and beyond to help families resolve conflict and classmates explore social scenarios or ethical dilemmas. Whether in the classroom, clinic or at home, the Face It! Cards have the capacity to overcome barriers and invite conversation about expressions and feelings no matter what age or environment.

This resource has such a diverse range of uses making it not only popular as a resource for the clinic and classroom setting, but a beautiful gift for any young person looking to improve their ability to connect with people through the understanding of expressions and body language.

The Face It Cards have sold over 1500 copies and is used by organisations worldwide. Here’s a lovely review the cards received recently by our friends at the University of Arkansas.

Have a closer look at the new Face It! cards here. You can use the special 2nd edition discount code: happyFace. Buy now below.

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Quirky Kid selected to iAccelerate program

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Quirky Kid selected to iAccelerate program

We are proud to announce that Quirky Kid has been accepted into the iAccelerate program at the University of Wollongong.  After one of the largest application rounds, iAccelerate has announced that 12 companies have been successful and will start in the iAccelerate Centre this month. The new residents have already hit the ground running in the iAccelerate Centre, with the start of the iAccelerate Educate program that begun on 8th August. The new recruits also attended a social networking event today to meet other residents.

This state of the art centre will house Quirky Kid’s new HQ. You can see the amazing building process here.

Over the last two years, we have embarked on a daring roadmap to scale-up our small business and reach a broader global audience. To this end, we have received international award nominations for our educational programs and resources and recently won an innovation award.

We have more innovative projects and partnerships in the pipe-line, and together with the iAccelerate program will work to revolutionise the child psychology and education market.

About iAccelerate

iAccelerate is a University of Wollongong (UOW) business incubator program that is available to help build and grow businesses. iAccelerate is built around a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring.

iAccelerate offers innovative businesses the unique opportunity to partner with a university comprising of over 30,000 students, 2,000 staff and a significant portfolio of faculties and business units. UOW activities generate over $2 billion in economic activity each year and it is an extraordinary partner to have on your path to success. iAccelerate utilises a multi-faceted approach in accelerating sustainable business growth to deliver the greatest economic impact. UOW offer a two stream program, with up to three years incubation – unique in the Australian startup landscape.

About our Involvement

Quirky Kid will be part of the iAccelerate Advanced, a program designed specifically for businesses looking to grow their business to the next level. The program’s main focus is on providing the necessary assistance to transform and scale early stage businesses into sustainable high-growth companies.

The iAccelerate Advance Program is built around metrics-based reviews, where various experts, mentors, advisors and iAccelerate management provide startups with a detailed appreciation of the core skills required to develop their companies into successful high-growth businesses.

Well done team!!

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BoF @ Holy Spirit Catholic School, QLD

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Holy Spirit Catholic School, QLD & 'Best of Friends' Program

We are proud to announce that the Holy Spirit Catholic School in Cranbrook, QLD has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2016.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective classroom intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Holy Spirit Catholic School

Holy Spirit Catholic School is a place where children learn and find strength in spirit. As a Catholic co-educational primary school located in Cranbrook, Holy Spirit is one of Townsville’s oldest and now largest Catholic schools with more than 770 students from Prep – Year 6. The dedicated staff continuously strive for educational excellence based in the Catholic tradition, underpinned by the school’s motto ‘Strength in the Spirit’.

Holy Spirit Catholic School has been a generous faith-filled community for more than forty years and today has a reputation across North Queensland of spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and community leadership. The school is respected for its service to the wider community and eco-friendly sustainable living achievements. Holy Spirit School is a place where children learn and find strength in spirit.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and community prowess, Holy Spirit Catholic School has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. Holy Spirit Catholic School enables young boys and girls to develop as individuals, identify their strengths and realise their potential.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friends is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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